In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.
The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.
Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.
The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.
The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.
The new facilities of the CRAM Foundation are located at the old Prat de Llobregat golf course in the Equipment Area of the Corredor del Litoral, with a performance area of approximately 20,000m2. The project seeks the balance between the clinical research program and the public program, with the minimum means possible, to ensure that the conditions of the activity become the fundamental elements when defining the architectural and volumetric features of the whole set. This decision pursues an architecture that seeks the equidistant point between its functional condition and its representative condition as a public building. Each of the three buildings that make up the complex expresses in its form the activity that takes place there.
The new facilities of the CRAM Foundation are located on the old golf course of El Prat de Llobregat in the Equipment Area of the Corredor del Litoral with a performance area of approximately 20,000m².
The new intervention is located between Ricarda House by Antonio Bonet Castellana to the north, and the Golf Club by José Antonio Coderch and Robert Terradas Via to the south, a few metres from the new buildings. Among such illustrious neighbours, the project is positioned from a position of respect both towards the existing buildings, and towards the magnificent location to which it is allied to merge into an indissoluble unit.
It is an unparalleled and pioneer centre in Europe which incorporates the knowledge of the CRAM to achieve facilities that allow the three basic lines of action of the foundation to be effectively developed: on the one hand, the clinic and rescue of marine protected species that vary along the coast for subsequent reintroduction; on the other hand, conservation, research and training tasks and finally social awareness actions on the state of the marine environment and its problems.
The project seeks the balance between the clinical research program and the public program, with the minimum means possible, to ensure that the conditions of the activity become the fundamental elements when defining the architectural and volumetric features of the complex.
This decision pursues an architecture that seeks the equidistant point between its functional condition and its representative condition as a public building.
Each of the three buildings that make up the complex expresses the activity that takes place there through its form.
The clinical and recovery building appears as a building open to the landscape, permeable in the north-south direction and hermetic in the east-west direction. It is permeable to the green corridor and parallel to the sea with its two canopies that do not rest on the ground and are hermetic to the hustle and bustle of the beach in summer. They are open to cross views between users and visitors without their paths crossing. The rest of the building sinks into the ground in a surgical topography operation to end up being part of it.
The administration building recovers the old nursery to house the administration and outreach and awareness program.
The postmortem study building appears to us as a compact and hermetic volume that preserves the activity that takes place inside. Only when crossing the opaque door, in the hall, a window offers a view of the interior of the room where the autopsies of marine animals are carried out to look for the causes of their death and consequently prevent them in the future. A room with zenithal lighting coming from the skylight running tangent to the walls that provides the space with a constant and diffused light.